Another Thought for the New Year

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First of all, thanks for reading the blog. Your thoughts have been encouraging … and if you have a subject you’d like me to blog about, please let me know.

Second, as we enter this new year, I will again be posting three times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

This past week, I did a post on resolutions – here’s another perspective from Deb del Villar.

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New  Year Resolutions.  Do you make them or encourage your children to make them? Maybe you call them goals for the new year. How many times have you done this annual activity; only to give up within months because you have been unable to keep them. There is always next year right? Wrong!

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

As Lamentations 3:22-23 states, we can start over each and every day. It is like getting a do-over, a fresh start. We do not need to wait until next year to start over with our goals. We can start over whenever we need too.

I think of sports players who mess up big time and cannot wait until the next game to do better and make amends. They practice harder, focus their attention more on the teaching and training, all with the intent of not making that same mistake. Sports commentators speak about how hard it is for players when their last play of the season is a bad one. They have to go through the entire off season, replaying and reliving that mistake, that error – all with the hope that next season will be better. Some players never get another chance and are left with that last defining moment etched in their mind.

I am so glad that as a Christian when I mess up (and I do), I do not have to wait for next season! I do not have to wait a minute – I can go boldly and confidently to God’s throne knowing His steadfast love and great mercy is available now. And not only that – I can start over whenever I need to for His mercies are new every morning. Added bonus – His mercies never run out!  Scripture does encourage us to learn God’s Word better and lean on His Holy Spirit more so we will do better in this game called life.

So if make resolutions or set goals for this new year, remember you can start over the next day. Do not wait, any changes made to help you get healthier physically and spiritually are good. Above all, run to God through Jesus if you mess up, thanking Him for His forgiveness and strength to do better the next time. Yes, this is a new year – yet each day is a new day!

 

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